Please see our most frequently asked questions below. If your question is not answered below please call us on: 01788 899 029
- What is Objective Travel Safety? We are a specialist secure company specialising in travel safety. Our clients range from journalists, business travellers through to gap year travellers.
- What courses do you offer? A range, all bespoke. For journalists and NGOs operating in hostile environments we offer 2 to 5 day length courses. Course for Business Travellers, expeditions and gap year adventurers, courses are typically either a half or one day.
- Where are the courses held? A variety of places. Our most popular courses, the half or one day Business Traveller courses are generally held at client’s own offices. The longer courses, for those going to hostile environment are held at our office in Northamptonshire, UK or at Schloss Hexenagger in Germany. The longer courses will include practical exercises so we need outside areas in order to do medical scenarios, stage vehicle checkpoints etc.
- Do you provide training in the workplace? Yes, a very popular and cost efficient options. For Business Travellers course we just need a spacious room with IT projection facilities. The vast majority of our courses are delivered at the workplace.
- How soon can the courses be delivered? We generally need a few weeks notice, longer if it's a 2 day plus course.
- Who does the training? A variety of instructors. For the 5 day hostile environment course we have 4 instructors whilst on the Business Travellers course one instructor is sufficient. On our Gap Year course we always have a male and female instructor and on the journalist courses one of instructors will be an ex or serving journalist.
- What are the aims of the courses? Primarily to teach the individual how he or she can stay safe, avoid problems by recognising them early. The course also help organisation and businesses to deliver their duty of care to employees/partners.
- What is the cost? Depends on the course. The one day gap year course is £160 per person. For the Business Traveller course we charge a flat fee for the course (not per person). A half day course is £595 plus vat & travel and a full day £750 plus vat & travel. The longer Hostile Environment courses and expedition course does depend on location, numbers etc.
- How many students are there per course? For the Business Traveller course we suggest no more that 12 to 15 people. The more people the less interaction the course will be. Our Gap Year courses in London are capped at 12 students.
- How can I pay for the course? The Gap Year course can be booked online via a separate site - www.objectivegapsafety.com. The others can be paid on invoice.
- I will be going for short travel, do you I need training? It very much depends where you are going. To Europe probably not but to developing countries where road safety, crime and environmental issues are a factor, then yes.
The courses are designed to give you the confidence to make the most of your travels should they be for business or pleasure.
- How do I check which counties are safe? We suggest you seek a variety of opinions; Government travel advice services such as the UK FCO Travel Advice Services, India’s Ministry of External Affairs or the US Government’s State Department web site. Also consider security companies such as Red 24/Ijet, Control Risk/ISOS. However local advice is often excellent. The Lonely Planet, Rough Guides or similar guide books can also provide a very good foundation on understand security, historical and cultural issues.
- What type of currency should I take (Cash, Credit Card)? You can never go wrong with US$. Euros are popular in part of North Africa and the Middle East. We recommend always taking some cash as many places, even in remoter parts of Europe will not take card. Currency travel money cards such as Caxton, Revolut and Monza are popular but do check withdrawal restrictions.
- Do I need a visa? It depends entirely on your nationality and destinations country. Many countries now offer e-visa which makes the process much easier.
- Will I need travel injections? Again much depends on locations. The one to check is Yellow Fever as on entry in many western central and eastern African countries and parts of South America its mandatory and on arrival you will need to show your Yellow Fever certificate.
- Which documents should I take with me? Passport with visa if applicable. Do check you have 6 month validity on the passport or you will probably not be allowed to fly out.
- What medication I am allowed to take when I am travelling abroad? It’s relatively easy to check online. For prescription medication it's advisable to get a doctor’s explanation. Some drugs are banned in some countries, such as Codeine/Co-codamol in UAE.
- What should I do when I get sick? Our general advice is to see a local doctor, they will recognise the local lurgies! If you are in a malaria areas and you have flu-like symptoms go to a doctor or hospital immediately to get a malaria test. It can be fatal within day is untreated.
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